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Students Design Robot To Help Disabled Students With Art

A group of high school students in New Castle County called the Odyssey Angels built remote-controlled "Drawbots" that hold pens or markers and can be controlled with a joystick. This robotic design can be used to help students with disabilities express themselves artistically.

"Working with the nonprofit group Barrel of Makers, the students spent about six hours assembling the robots, soldering and painstakingly wiring the components together," reported Delaware Online. "It took a lot of work and we had to do some troubleshooting, but we were all working as a group, so it was actually very enjoyable," said Zan Usmani, one of the students.

"The group then connected with Art Therapy Express, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities express themselves through art. On Thursday, the team brought their "Drawbots" to the Meadowood Program in Red Clay that serves students with disabilities. Some of the students were unable to use the joysticks with their hands in the usual way, but steered the robots with their feet, stomachs or even their foreheads."

This advance in art therapy inspired one of the students on the team named Elizabeth Habash, who wants to go to medical school when she graduates. "I don't have medical training, so I don't know how to cure disease yet," she said. "But I was able to use my skills to help these people who have a disadvantage, and that was a very rewarding experience for me."

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By Samantha DiMauro, Education World Contributor

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